The former Six Flags Over Mid-America, now known as Six Flags St Louis is a popular amusement park southwest of the main city. Billing itself as a mere 30 miles from downtown, the park is generally open from the end of March to October annually. The actual opening and closing dates vary each year as the park considers the weather conditions and expected crowds.
Six Flag St. Louis offers both wet and dry rides. The water park area of the complex offers the chance to experience water slides, mock white-water rafting, and a variety of splash down type rides at speeds to suit all ages and temperance levels. The dry rides also range from suitable for small children to only for the most daring adults.
Opening in 1971, the St. Louis Six Flags was the third and last park to be built under the Six Flags name. While the water park is now a major draw, the park's bread and butter for many years revolved around the roller coasters. Over 10 different roller coasters have operated in the park over the years, with one of the most notorious/sought after being the Screamin' Eagle, which opened as the biggest, longest, and fastest coast in 1976 and remains a top draw for those who need a heart rate boost.
Not wanting to rely on just one attraction type, the park has also opened theaters and hosts concerts annually to draw crowds to the park in the evening hours. Opening in the morning, most visitors stay until dusk and then leave unless there is a show going on that night, so to fill seats and sell the park space more thoroughly concerts now happen at least once a month.
Passes to the park are available as daily passes or season passes. Going more than 3 times to the park makes a season pass start to look like a viable option. Daily passes are upwards of $30, while seasonal passes are around $70. Ample parking is available at the park, with shuttle service available for those who park farther from the main entrance.